A bill to fix Flint’s tangled 2015 election has cleared the state Legislature and is headed to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk. Both the state House of Representatives and Senate on Wednesday, June 3, approved the legislation, which would allow the city to include the names of mayoral candidates on the August primary ballot even though they missed the April 21 deadline for filing nominating petitions. City Clerk Inez Brown’s office mistakenly told those candidates and candidates for two City Council seats the wrong filing deadline — April 28. Without a change in the law, Flint voters face a write-in-only campaign for mayor in November and no primary election.
In addition to allowing four candidates for mayor on the August primary ballot, the legislation requires special audits and training for Brown’s office.
Requirements that Genesee County Clerk John Gleason approve certain Flint election materials and the sanctions to be dropped if Brown was fired or resigned were dropped from the legislation Wednesday.